Starpower is the stage where performers of all ages and levels, across the globe showcase their talent.


More than 30 years of experience has shaped our unique competition.  Every year, Studio Owners, Teachers, Performers, and their Families and Friends are welcomed at upwards of 80 creative and energy packed competitions in cities across the globe.


At Starpower, how we perform as a company matters.


★  We hold ourselves accountable for ensuring a fair and integrity filled environment, on and off stage, for our Studio Owners, Teachers, Performers, and their Families and Friends


★  Relationships are the backbone of our company.  We pride ourselves on our ability to build and nurture strong relationships.  We believe the Starpower Client and Employee are an extension of our Family – #DanceFamily


★  Providing exceptional client care is a priority for every Starpower team member.  At our events, we are dedicated to ensuring the Starpower experience exceeds all others.  Outside our events, we want to ensure our processes are easy to follow and someone is available to assist you always.  We know you have choices and we want you to choose Starpower


Learning and growing should be at the forefront of every Performer’s experience at Starpower.  Our diverse Judging Panel consist of professionals from a variety of teaching backgrounds, providing our Performers with expert feedback and perspective.  Each Judge on our panel provides quality notes for every performance.  Our Senior Leaders continue to develop platforms to extend the educational experience past the competition, with programs like WILD Dance Intensive and Power Pak.  We also invest annually in our Scholarship Program, demonstrating our commitment to continued growth


It’s all about having fun!  We challenge our employees every season to bring a level of creativity and energy to each event across the globe.  Our goal is to ensure everyone in attendance has a memorable experience


Our guarantee, “You’re always a star at Starpower!”

Meet The Founders

Gary Pate

Gary has been involved in show business, entertainment and dance since the age of five. He received his Associate of Arts Degree from Prince George’s College and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. He has owned and directed one of the largest gymnastics and dance complexes on the East Coast and was the director and choreographer for Superstars Show Troupe, one of the country’s hottest performing groups.


Gary and his students have appeared on the hit TV shows, Star Search, The Today Show, P.M. Magazine, and Good Morning America, have performed at the Apollo Theater, Disney World, The White House for three U.S. Presidents, the National Theater, NFL and NBA half-time shows, and were invited to perform at the World Expo in Brisbane, Australia.

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Gary Pate Grace Wakefield

Grace Wakefield

Founder and Director for 35 years of Wakefield School of Dance, Grace has had an extensive professional and teaching career. Her dance background has enabled her to be adept at both teaching and choreography in the various departments of the performing arts.


She has toured with the U.S.O. entertaining our troops with many stars. Grace has taught and lectured dance in various schools and has given dance therapy in various hospitals to the handicapped and mental patients.


Grace Wakefield has choreographed many musicals including: Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Fiorello, Wish You Were Here, My Fair Lady and many others. Her students have gone on to fame in

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2019 Tour Schedule

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February 1-3
Seattle, WA

February 15-17
Baton Rouge, LA
Long Island, NY (1)

February 22-24
Portland, OR

March 1-3
Andover, MA
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Little Rock, AR

March 2-3
Gillette, WY

March 8-10
East Brunswick , NJ (1)

March 15-17
Charleston, WV
Middleton, WI
Murfreesboro, TN
Sparta, NJ
Tulsa, OK

March 22-24
Atlanta, GA
Louisville, KY
Fresno, CA
Omaha, NE
Waterford, MI
Saint Charles, MO
Meadowlands, NJ
Indianapolis, IN

March 29-31
Gilbert, AZ
Baltimore, MD
Ontario, CA
Raleigh, NC
Mobile, AL
Fort Worth, TX

April 5-7
Pittsburgh, PA
Lakeland, FL
Memphis, TN
Spartanburg, SC
Hartford, CT
Aurora, IL
Albuquerque, NM

April 12-14
Jacksonville, FL
Long Island, NY (2)
Manahawkin, NJ
East Brunswick, NJ (2)
Wichita, KS

April 26-28
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
San Diego, CA
Upper Marlboro, MD
Oaks, PA
Providence, RI

May 3-5
Woodbridge, VA (Two Locations)
Springfield, MA
Minneapolis, MN
Niagara Falls, NY
Concord, NC
Riverside, CA

May 10-12
Denver, CO
San Jose, CA
Columbus, OH
Hampton Roads, VA

May 11-12
Austin, TX

May 17-19
Syracuse, NY

May 24-26
Sandusky, OH
Lancaster, PA

Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
North Caldwell, NJ
Towson, MD

2019 Nationals Schedule

Atlantic City, NJ
June 25-29

Orlando, FL
July 2-6

Branson, MO
July 3-7

Uncasville, CT
July 8-12

Ocean City, MD
July 9-13

Anaheim, CA
July 15-19

Myrtle Beach, SC
July 15-19